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TOPIC: Surface change in a warmer and wetter Arctic

WHEN: week 36, September 2022

WHERE: Northern Iceland

RESPONSIBLES: Willem van der Bilt & Jostein Bakke (UiB)

GUEST LECTURERS: Anders Shomacker, Andreas Born, Esther Guðmundsdóttir and others






Earth`s rapidly melting cryosphere affects the daily lives of millions around the world by driving sea-level rise, limiting water availability, or triggering catastrophic hazards. Sound adaptation and mitigation strategies rely on robust observations of past and present change to assess the trajectory of future change more confidently. This can only be achieved via inter-disciplinary research that helps us gain a process-based understanding of the complex relations that drive glacier-climate change. Unfortunately, such holistic approaches that benefit from the cross-fertilization between approaches remain rare and restrict the field`s potential to fulfill its promise to society.

This Summer School wants to help participants to break this barrier and invigorate their research by embracing novel inter-disciplinarity. We will do so by offering cases that integrate multiple lines of geological evidence. This year, these focus on the links between permafrost degradation, melting glaciers and geohazards in a warmer wetter future Arctic. To do so, we will take participants and a team of experts to one of the most dynamic glacial environments of our planet: northern Iceland. Glacier-covered, shaped by volcanic heat, and at the interface of temperate and arctic weather systems, few periglacial places are more sensitive to climate change. In case the covid pandemic throws us another curveball, there is a plan B that will be hosted near the beautiful Folgefonna Ice Cap.

A more detailed schedule will be announced after registration closes, but we will 1) teach how to effective network to build fruitful interdisciplinary networks, 2) provide hands-on experience with an array of emerging research tools during field-based research cases, and 3) help disseminate the week`s findings to stakeholders to have impact.

Participation is funded by the Norwegian Research Council`s PRISM and CHESS projects, and supported by the Trond Mohn Foundation and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. 


Our Summer School focuses on all things glaciers and climate, with a particular emphasis on periglacial (permafrost) processes this year. Registration is therefore open to all Early Career Researchers (PhD or Postdoc) whose research deals with these topics. This certainly also includes those of you who do not work in the field, but with models and/or observational (remote sensing) data. We have about 20 spots and will let you know about the selection by mid-April. For additional questions, please contact

Post Author: Markus Eckerstorfer